Pastor’s Weekly Message 6-12-22

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission,
Today we celebrate the great mystery at the heart of our Catholic faith, the Most Holy Trinity, one God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our typical understanding of the word mystery is something that is meant to be solved, but the theological sense of mystery is  a little different. Rather than something to be solved, Christian mystery is something that is infinitely knowable. Instead of having one finite answer, the mysteries of our faith are mysterious in the sense that however much we learn, there is still much more for us to know.

The possibilities of this understanding of mystery are exhilarating, our God is endlessly revealing Himself to us. No matter how much time we spend in prayer or theological study, there will always be opportunity for more. Exhilarating, but, if you are a little like me and generally prefer answers to mystery, sometimes a bit frustrating. When I was a young priest, I used to think that when I arrived at my heavenly home, God willing, I would have so many questions for God, and finally I would have answers! Now I believe that there will be no need for questions or answers, because part of the perfection of heaven is that we will finally understand as God does, and both questions and their answers will be irrelevant.

Until then, we ponder the mystery of the Trinity with open hearts and curious minds. The first reading from the Book of Proverbs this weekend helps us to understand a little better the relationship of the Trinity. The Spirit of God was present at Creation, “then was I beside him as his craftsman, and I was his delight day by day, playing before him all the while, playing on the surface of his earth; and I found delight in the human race.” (Proverbs 8:31) What a beautiful scene! The Spirit cavorting on the face of the earth, playing and taking delight in creation. At the very formation of our world, the Trinity was present, and our loving, playful, forgiving, triune God is with us today in the same way, taking care of and delight in God’s creation.

I wish you and your loved one blessing of good health and new hope. Please continue to pray for peace and healing,

Fr. Paul

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